Original Article by Tatiana Bido

The nonsurgical body contouring arena just got a cool new contender. Allergan’s CoolTone, the muscle-building cousin of CoolSculpting, the famous fat freezer, just received FDA clearance for strengthening and toning the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

Unlike CoolSculpting, CoolTone does not freeze fat. It uses a 1.8 Tesla magnet to stimulate involuntary muscle contraction, which results in a tighter and more toned appearance. An Allergan press release said CoolTone has “50 percent more magnetic intensity than the leading competitor,” but also state that claim has not been clinically established.

CoolTone joins a handful of other noninvasive or minimally invasive technologies—like CoolSculpting (cryolipolosis), Emsculpt (high intensity focused electromagnetic energy), SculpSure (radio frequency) and BodyTite (radio frequency)—that allow patients to target stubborn areas with little to no downtime. Now that it’s FDA clearance makes it a major player in the game, we are excited to see firsthand what this new technology can do.

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